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Google shows off Hangouts on Nexus 7

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Google shows off Hangouts on Nexus 7
After the first three videos, we weren't sure what Google would have in store for more of the "how-to" videos, but it seems that the killer feature of Google+ is up next: Hangouts. If you were to check around how Google markets Google+, Hangouts would probably come out with about 95% of the marketing effort, so it's no surprise that this is the only thing we've seen about Google+ in these Nexus 7 videos. 

The video is pretty straightforward showing the zombie hand holding the Nexus 7 while an actual human hand navigates into the Google+ app, and starts up a Hangout with one of his circles. It's definitely a good way to use the tablet. There is a reason why Google was sure to include a front-facing camera on the device, but decided against adding a rear-facing camera.

How many out there use Google+? Do you often join Hangouts? If so, would you join or start a Hangout on your tablet?


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posted on 31 Jul 2012, 15:59

1. dmckay12 (Posts: 242; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Other than my brother and sister (who are sadly within 100 yards of me at all times), no one I know uses Google+ and I doubt that more than four know what it is.
#"friends"withiphones

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 19:43

2. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i chat with my family with google+ hangout since skype and facebook video chat dont support ubuntu and opera!(we've tried installing skype but its no good, it wont run!)

so thanks to google+ hangout im going to buy myself a tablet..

too bad that nexus 7 cost same as the iPad2 in my country!!! it should be around 8k-10k (philippine peso) right? but its on whooping 17990.. and the ipad2 is 18990! so i think the ipad2 is the bet choice in this price range!

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 16:07

3. KRONeage (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


Google+ Hangouts is the bomb. Great quality on Nexus 7's far better front facing camera than iPhone and iPad's VGA POS on front for video chat. But Google+ offers many things none of these other competing services have. You can use it from any device w/ a camera. But yet you aren't required to have one or have it on even, if you don't want to, to participate.

Everything is synced across all Google's services. Connect with family and friends easily. But with the extra feature of also being able to video chat with new friends in fun Meet n Greet style, it's also a very social kind of sharing as compared to Skype for instance!

I love it and of course the Nexus is part of the reason. It's a high quality device and believe it or not I can take some great movies with it. How? Easy... hold the N7 on your right shoulder back so you see the screen and use your shoulder to steady your shot. With practice I've gotten really good and I can stream it via wifi to my HDTV, PS3 or any other Wifi Direct (DLNA) enabled device while I'm shooting. The videos actually displace pretty good on my 65" HDTV.

Naturally N7 is not like using an 8mp phone cam, but for filming or photos any professional will tell that the best camera is the one you're holding in your hand at any given moment!

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